Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert says that a victory by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb in the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) would be a major boost to horse racing.
With the Louisville, Ky., weather forecast calling for rain later in the day and on Sunday, the April 27 work tab at Churchill Downs was crowded with prospects for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Todd Pletcher said a decision on whether to point Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) winner Winning Cause toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be made after the colt breezes April 28.
Gold Mark Farm's Mylute showed his affinity for the Churchill Downs surface the morning of April 21, zipping a half-mile in :47 4/5, second fastest time of the day among 81 horses at that distance.
Two of trainer Todd Pletcher's top contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) continued to progress toward the May 4 classic with solid workouts at Churchill Downs the morning of April 21.
Johnny Avello at Wynn Las Vegas added horses and updated their odds to win the Triple Crown this week.
The major Kentucky Derby by Yum! Brands preps are finished, but there's still some good 3-year-old racing out there. Let's take a look at the Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes and the Grade III Illinois Derby.
We take a look back at the 2013 Kentucky Derby Trail to determine whether the new points system attracted more horses to the prep races for the first Saturday in May.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands contender Verrazano galloped at Churchill Downs the morning of April 15 as trainer Todd Pletcher outlined the training regimen for the colt and his other probable Derby starters.
The Kentucky Derby field is close to being set, but more things can and will happen before entries close on May 1. We could see horses now ranked well into the 20's pop up in the field.
This year's edition of the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes may be wide open, so let's have fun with it and try to bring home a winner.
Java's War, a contender for the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), and Falling Sky, headed for the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), posted bullet moves April 7 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) preps.
Verrazano could lose the grade I Wood Memorial, and so could Vyjack, but it would be a first for either one of them.
Lines of Battle held off a tenacious Elleval to win the UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Meydan Racecourse March 30, earning 100 points toward a probable start in the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Orb doesn't have to win the Florida Derby to go on to the Kentucky Derby -- he just needs to run the right kind of race. Still, there's a good argument that he will win the race.
We're in full tilt mode now, with Kentucky Derby prep races going nine furlongs. Let's see where the contenders are going next during this exciting phase of the Kentucky Derby Trail.
We are now officially barreling down the road to the Kentucky Derby, and the Road to the Roses contest is coming up soon. So here's a survey of over 80 horses and where they're going next on the Derby Trail.
With many of the also-rans from the grade III Southwest Stakes out of the grade II Rebel, can Super Ninety Nine fend off the new challengers?
The road to the Kentucky Derby winner's circle has run through Tampa twice since 2007. On Saturday in his first run in graded company, Verrazano will follow the path of Street Sense and Super Saver and see where it leads.
Here are next-race plans for over 70 horses on the Kentucky Derby trail. We'll start off with some of the more prominent names.
One week into the Kentucky Derby Championship Series, we run down the schedules of the major contenders, and more.
With a $400,000 purse and some major points along the Kentucky Derby Trail, the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds has attracted an overflow field of 15 3-year-olds headed by grade III winners Oxbow and Circle Unbroken.
The Southwest states will be run at 1 1/16 mile for the first time in its 33 year history, so we're not looking for a horse that can take advantage of the "short stretch mile" at Oaklawn Park.
As expected, the "all others" wagering interest was the heavy 6-5 favorite after the first day of betting in the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool was completed Feb. 8.
While there are no scoring races for the Kentucky Derby this weekend, there are several races of interest scheduled for Saturday that include 33 Triple Crown nominees. Here's a survey of them.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin examine up and coming 3YO performances, the Kentucky Derby points system, Los Alamitos, and Honestableboy! Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. watch video
Itsmyluckyday and Shanghai Bobby, the first two finishers in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, are likely headed for a rematch in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).
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